Western BCA 8-Ball Championships Tournament Policies


All players (new and returning) must have:
  • Paid their annual sanctioning fees of $30 ($15 to BCA Pool League [BCAPL] and $15 to Western BCA [WBCA]) by joining a properly sanctioned Western BCA league and be in good standing with CSI/BCAPL, WBCA and the tournament venue.
  • Played at least 8 calendar weeks in a regularly scheduled league session in one division in the current league year by the entry deadline (date here).

Juniors (under 21) must check in with Western BCA Tournament Officials/Casino Security and wear a wrist band at all times while in the tournament rooms. They may not loiter in the bar/gambling areas.

Seniors must be 60 years of age by the date of their first match in any senior event.


Disrespectful, disruptive and unsportsmanlike conduct directed towards any player, tournament staff person/official (includng but not limitied to Tournament Directors, Podium/Payouts/PR staff, Referees, Bad Boys Staff) and/or host personnel (Chinook Winds employees) will not be tolerated and appropriate action will be taken immediately. Should such behavior occur during the course of a match, play may be suspended until a resolution commensurate with the situation is reached. If this is not possible, penalties may be assessed and play will continue. Offenders may or may not be warned and, in extreme situations, they may be removed from the tournament and disqualified from all events with no refund of entry fees and forfeiture of any winnings due or already paid. Any rulings by tournament officials will be made with fairness and impartiality towards all involved and will be reviewed at the conclusion of the tournament. It is everyone's desire that the outcome of any match be decided by the play on the table, not the questionable attitude or behavior of the players involved. Sportsmanship violations may result in probation or suspension of a player's eligibility into future Western BCA Tournaments for an indeterminate period of time depending on the severity of the violation.


Player Equipment:

Cues must comply with the following specifications:
  • Cues less than 40” in length are illegal.
  • Cues more than 25 oz. in weight are illegal.
  • Cues tips greater than 14mm in width are illegal.
  • Phenolic tips are permitted on break and jump cues at these championships.

Other personal equipment:

  • Gloves.
  • Personal Bridge or Detachable bridge head.
  • Any other equipment not specifically referred to here will be subject to review by Tournament Officials prior to the beginning of tournament play.

Tournament Equipment:

  • 7' Diamond tables and lights over each table.
  • Standard bridges under every other table.
  • Chalk may or may not be provided. Only blue chalk may be used.
  • Tables will be open and no coins or tokens will be used.


  • Flash photography is NOT allowed in the tournament room at any time.
  • Smoking is NOT allowed in the tournament rooms. This includes electronic, simulated or smokeless cigarettes.
  • Cell phone and pager ringers must be silenced or set to vibrate mode. Bluetooth or ear pieces cannot be in place.
  • Headphones or earphones are NOT allowed during match play.
  • The Dress Code is in force at all times when in the table areas in the tournament rooms and referees are on duty. This includes Fun Night. Games will be forfeited if improper dress is not corrected within the time frames allotted.
  • WBCA players not entered in any events must contact/inform podium (Western BCA or Mini-Tournaments) personnel and pay a daily green fee of $10 if they wish to practice or play in Mini-Tournaments/Special Events.
  • Minor Child/Children in tournament rooms are allowed only after submission of a Minor Spetator Permit form. These forms can be obtained from any TO or from Podium staff. Once the form has been reviewed and initialled, said minor child/children will be issued a wrist band and allowed in tournament rooms. Failure to comply with the restrictions outlined on the form will result in revocation of the permit and the minor child/children must be removed immediately.


  • Rules governing play are detailed in the latest edition of "2014-2016 Official Rules of the CueSports International. " The complete rule book is available online at www.playbca.com.
  • Players are responsible for knowing the rules prior to participating in the tournament.
  • All players must have legal picture identification on their person during competition and must provide identification on request of the opposing team captain, tournament director/official and/or referees.
  • All players cashing must provide a Social Security Numer or International ID number to Payouts before receiving any prize winnings.
  • TBA entries in team events (scotch doubles and 5/4 person teams) will be allowed with full payment of fees and the name/names must be given to tournament staff (Podium if Scotch Doubles or Team Registration if 5/4 person team) prior to the beginning of that event.
  • Players added to a roster or scotch team that are not playing in another event at the tournament must be checked for elilgibility by the Tournament Registrar or League Administrator BEFORE they will be allowed to play.


  • Check in for Singles events is NOT required. If, however, you check the brackets and your name is not listed, contact Podium staff immediately.
  • Check in at the Podium before play begins for Scotch Doubles ONLY if there is a substitution to the original entry.
  • Team Check In is required. Team captain or his/her representative must check in their team at the team registration desk before the start of their team event.
  • Changes to team rosters that differ from the team roster as indicated on the Entry Form must be reported at team registration and approved by the Tournament Registrar or League Administrator prior to the start of the team event. Eligibility verification on all substitute players will be performed.


  • SCOTCH DOUBLES AND SINGLES: Each player or scotch doubles team can have one 5 minute bathroom time out per match. If the progress of a match is delayed due to excessive or excessively long breaks, games may be assessed to keep the match on schedule. The player or scotch doubles team not requesting the break can use the time as they wish but must be back on time or they will suffer the same penalties as the person or team on break. Overuse or misuse of time outs may result in shorter races in future events.
  • TEAM EVENTS: There are no time outs for team events. If a player is not at the table when it is his/her turn to play, immediately call a referee.


  • No player may play in more than one Singles division.
  • Singles players will flip a coin prior to starting a match and the winner will have the choice of whether or not to break. Masters, if both agree, may lag for break.
  • The player breaking racks for him/herself.
  • Competitors in all singles divisions will alternate breaks.


  • A player may compete on only one Scotch Doubles team.
  • Open Scotch Doubles teams consist of one male and one female player, both of whom are eligible players. Both members of an Open Scotch Doubles team must have qualified under the same League Operator.
  • Master Scotch Doubles teams consist of one male and one female player -- neither, either or both of whom are ranked as Master Players. There may be only one Grand Master on any Master Scotch Doubles Team. Master Scotch Doubles teams can form from any Western BCA league and need not have qualified under the same League Operator.
  • Teams will flip a coin and the winning team will have the option to break. Masters, if both agree, may lag.
  • Player breaking racks for him/herself. Partners do not rack for each other.
  • Teams alternate racking and breaking; either team member may break.
  • Teams may choose their shooting rotation for each game and will alternate shots within each game. Failure to stay in rotation once the game has started will result is a FOUL and the original rotation must be restored immediately. If the foul is not noticed until the second player on the team has shot, a foul may not be charged, and the new sequence must continue until the conclusion of that game.
  • When a team is not ‘at the table’, they may quietly discuss anything they please.
  • No coaching is allowed. Any assistance (verbal or non-verbal) or the perception of assistance by a team during their turn at the table is considered coaching and is a FOUL. Their turn at the table begins when the balls come to rest after the opponent shoots and does not pocket a ball, fouls or executes a legal safety.
  • Regardless of which team is at the table, the members of either team may:
    • Call a foul.
    • Request stoppage of play to summon a referee.
    • Inquire whose turn it is.
    • Ask what group they have.
  • When the table is turned over to the incoming team, one of the partners must immediately approach the table.
  • All other rules pertaining to the game apply.
  • All FOULS are cue ball-in-hand FOULS.


  • The official roster for each team will be recorded at Team Registration prior to the beginning of team play and will be available for review prior to any match by the opposing team captain. Team rosters cannot be changed once the team event starts.
  • Core team requirements must be met (2 for all teams), unless a hardship exemption was requested and granted prior to the event. An exemption note must be carried throughout the team event by the team captain and presented upon request.
  • Open players may play on Master teams but Masters may not play on Open teams unless players have just become Masters at these Championships. Core members of all teams must be identified on the team rosters and the minimum number of core players (2 for all teams) required must play in every round of all matches played.
  • Team captains will flip a coin prior to making the lineup. The winner of the coin toss has the choice of being home or visiting team.
  • The home team places their lineup on the score sheet first. Players' first and last names must be used the first time their names appear on the score sheet.
  • Who racks and breaks is noted on the score sheet.
  • The player breaking racks for him/herself.
  • All players on a Men's/Mixed Open, Men's/Mixed B or Women's Open team must have qualified in the same league. Master teams (men and women) need not have qualified in the same league.
  • If a team gets in the money, all players on the final roster will receive equal payout checks.


  • Substituting a player into the lineup must be announced prior to the start of each round. The opposing team captain must be notified of any change in the lineup and must initial the score sheet next to each substitution.
  • Once the round has begun, no lineup changes may be made.
  • All 1st round players must stay in their same numbered position in each successive round. A player cannot play an opposing team player more than ONCE in a match in 5 person teams or more than TWICE in 4 person teams (women’s). Should this occur, it will be a forfeit of that particular game by the team having caused the play to occur if the game is finished.
  • The home team must make their substitutions first in each round. A team captain can challenge the line-up of the opposing team or member only before the match starts or immediately after the match ends.


  • In the event a captain (and only the captain) wishes to protest the eligibility of a player or team, the captain will be required to deposit $100 with the tournament officials at the podium.
  • If the captain is correct in the protest, the captain will be refunded the deposit and the tournament officials will take proper measures in dealing with the situation.
  • If the protesting captain is incorrect in the protest, the captain will surrender the deposit.
  • Deposits surrendered go into the general fund of the Western BCA.
  • Decisions made by the tournament officials are final.

2ND CHANCE TOURNAMENTS (all are single elimination)

Scotch Doubles

Due to time and table availability, 2nd Chance Scotch Doubles Tournaments may not be possible. Announcements will be made if 2nd Chance Scotch Tournaments can be scheduled.


  • Any player eliminated from the Tournament and NOT placing in the money is eligible to participate in a 2nd Chance Singles Tournament for their division. Time constraints may dictate that a 2nd Chance tournament may have to be started before all potentially eligible players have been eliminated from the original tournament.
  • The Second Change singles divisions will be the same as the Regular divisions: Men's Master, Men'sA, Men'sB, Men's Senior, Women's Master, Women'sA, Women'sB and Women's Senior. At least 8 players are required for a division to play.
  • Each Second Chance player must play in the same division as he/she played in the Regular Tournament unless 7 or fewer players sign up in the following underlined divisions, in which case Master Women may play in Men'sA, and Women'sA, Women'sB and Senior Women may play in Men'sB.


  • Any Team eliminated from the Tournament and not placing in the money is eligible to participate in a 2nd Chance Team Tournament for their division. Time constraints may dictate that a 2nd Chance tournament may have to be started before all potentially eligible teams have been eliminated from the original tournament.
  • The Second Chance team divisions will be the same as the Regular divisions: Men's/Mixed Master, Men's/Mixed Open, Men's/Mixed B, Women's Master and Women's Open Teams. At least 8 teams per division are required for the event to take place. If there are 7 or less teams, that event won’t occur. Exception: Women's Master Teams may play in the Men's/Mixed Open Team division if there are 7 or less Women's Teams wanting to play and Women's Open Teams may play in the Men's/Mixed B Team division. In this case, an eligible 5th player must be added to a women's team.
  • At least 3 (men's/mixed teams) and 2 (women's teams) members of a team that played together but did not cash in the regular tournament plus any additional players from the same league who also played and did not cash in the regular tournament may play in the Second Chance tournament. The roster for all 2nd chance teams must also include the core players from the original team.